The Victorian government is asking for public comment on an issues paper on the circular economy policy.
The circular economy policy aims to build on the state’s waste and resource recovery initiatives, including its response to global recycling market challenges.
Through the policy, Victoria will transition from the traditional linear model of consumption to a circular model that continually seeks to minimise the use of natural resources.
The government said it is gathering information to better understand how Victoria can benefit from more circular production and consumption, and wants to hear from businesses and organisations, communities, councils and households.
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 is investing $35 million in Victoria’s waste and recycling industry. This latest package builds on the $37 million Recycling Industry Strategic Plan – bringing the Labor Government’s investment in the waste and resource recovery industry to more than $135 million.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said a circular economy will not only improve Victoria’s waste and recycling systems – it will support local businesses and create local jobs.
“We’re transforming the way we think about waste and resource recovery – developing a circular economy will deliver better environmental, social and economic results for Victoria.
“I encourage Victorians to have their say on this important issue as we work towards a final policy in 2020,” D’Ambrosio said.
The Circular Economy Policy issues paper is open for consultation until 2 August, 2019.
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